Electors May Demand Poll on Voting System

Tuesday 23 January 2018

The Council has opted to retain the First Past the Post system for voting in the 2019 and 2022 local government elections. However, Tasman voters have the right to demand a poll on the electoral system if they would like that to change.

The choice is between First Past the Post (FPP) and the Single Transferable Vote (STV) systems. To be successful, 5% of eligible voters must demand the poll (that’s 1827 registered electors in Tasman District) by 21 February 2018.

Notice is given under Section 28(1) of the Local Electoral Act 2001, that Tasman District Council resolved to retain the First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system for the next two triennial general elections, being 2019 and 2022.

Electors of Tasman District Council have the right to demand a poll to countermand the resolution to use the First Past the Post electoral system for the Council elections in accordance with Section 29 and 30 of the Local Electoral Act 2001. 

The choice is between the First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system and the Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral system. 

 A valid demand for a poll is to be made in accordance with sections 29 and 30 of the Electoral Act 2001, and must:

  • Specify the electoral system proposed to be used;
  • Be made in writing;
  • Be signed by at least five percent of the number of electors enrolled as eligible to vote at the previous triennial election of the Tasman District Council (this will require a minimum of 1,827 elector signatures);
  • Be delivered to the Richmond office of the Tasman District Council, 189 Queen Street, Richmond, by 21 February 2018, for the outcome to apply for the 2019 and 2022 triennial elections.  For any demand received after this date, the outcome will apply from the 2022 triennial elections.

Every elector who signs a demand must also set out in it his or her full name and the address for which he or she is qualified as an elector of Tasman District Council.